About 650 middle school students turned out Wednesday for the First City Science Fair.

About 650 middle school students turned out Wednesday for the First City Science Fair.

Eighth-graders from three local schools were treated to presentations about various science, technology, engineering and math fields.

This was the third year for the First City Science Fair. Matt Nojonen, one of the event's organizers, said the fair is designed to spark interest in S.T.E.M.-related fields. He said students who want to pursue S.T.E.M.-related careers will need to start taking specific courses.

"They ought to make that decision soon," he said.

Students from Warren Middle School, Lansing Middle School and Patton Junior High School attended the fair.

The First City Science Fair was hosted by the Leavenworth Rotary Club in partnership with the University of Saint Mary. The fair took place at USM.

A number of Saint Mary students volunteered to guide groups of eighth-graders from one classroom to another for the presentations.

Various organizations, including the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office, Leavenworth County Emergency Management and Saint Luke's Cushing Hospital, provided instructors for the presentations.

The presentations covered topics such as crime scene evidence, DNA analysis and robots.

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